The Curious Case of Willie Gee

I would agree that the portrait was probably done by one of Henri’s students. The likeliness is so good that either the painter had the access to the model or he had to make a copy out of an original one. But the differernt poses in two paintings suggest that latter is unlikely. Willie was not a professional model, and probably only some of Henri’s students could have access and interest to paint someone who would not be able to afford a portraiture.

Starting from 1902, Robert Henri began to teach at New York School of Art. A bunch of artists went to his studio. Considering that so many of his pupils became well-known, it is worth investigating to know the possible painter of this Wilie Gee portrait. To my surprise, the painting did not sell (based on the preliminary sale results). Maybe the quest for the identifying the real painter of this Willie Gee may keep going.

Haunted House for Sale

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House is for sale. Heavily damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and labled “most endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the house was the last and largest of four homes that Wright designed in an experimental “textile block” style. It was used in a number of films including the […]

Delaware Dealer Sheds Light on Local Cabinetmakers

Like most regions in the American Colonies, Delaware had its own cabinetmakers. Today several museums in the state display examples of furniture produced in Delaware and occasionally new pieces surface at antique shows. Gary Manlove, owner of Manlove’s Choice Antiques in Greenwood, Delaware has spent time in local museums studying Delaware cabinetmakers and even had […]

The Journey of Antiquing – 2

Those stories of Antiques Roadshow have never happened to me. The internet has a tremendous power of democratizing information, regardless high-end or bargins for the masses. But the journey of antiquing does not lose its charm from the booming internet platforms or social networking tools. There are just something special about riding in the car on the country […]

Philadelphia’s First Nude Model: Charles Wilson Peale

One of the favorite stories of the art circles of Philadelphia concerns Philadelphia’s favorite artist, Thomas Eakins, and his being removed from his position at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for removing the loin cloth of a male model in a mixed class.

Even in Philadelphia, Eakins was not the first artist to go to battle over the cloths that hide parts of the human anatomy. An aging Charles Wilson Peale became the city’s first public nude model after several skirmishes and the inability to find a model.